Lord Tony Hall to step down as BBC director general
Tony Hall is to step down as director general of the BBC after seven years in the role.
Lord Hall, who made the announcement in an email to staff today, will leave the corporation in the summer.
"Thanks to you and your great work I believe I'll be leaving the BBC in a much stronger place than when I joined," he wrote.
"It feels a very different organisation - more innovative; more open; more inclusive; more efficient; more commercially aware. And a BBC that's on cracking creative form.
"You all have my thanks and admiration for the part you've played in that success."
Lord Hall took on the role in 2013 having spent 27 years at the BBC - as a producer, editor and Director of News - earlier in his career.
He said it had been "such a hard decision for me. I love the BBC. I’m passionate about our values and the role we have in our country – and what we do globally too".
Lord Hall was described as an "inspirational creative leader” by chairman Sir David Clementi, who will begin the search for his successor.
He said: “Tony Hall is an inspirational creative leader, within the UK and around the globe, and the BBC has been lucky to have him as our Director-General for the last seven years. Tony has led the BBC with integrity and a passion for our values that is obvious to everyone who meets him. His reforms have shaped the BBC for the future and he will leave the BBC in the summer with our gratitude and our very best wishes.
“Responsibility for appointing his successor lies with the BBC Board. Within the next few weeks we will publish a job description and advertise the job, seeking candidates within the Corporation and externally. We are committed to selecting the best qualified person for the job.”